Diane L. Phillips

diane phillipsDiane L. Phillips, 71 of Normal passed away on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 7:25 PM at Heritage Manor in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Diane at 10 AM on Friday July 3, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Josh Beutow will officiate. There will be a visitation from 4-6 PM on Thursday July 2, 2015 at the funeral home.

Diane was born August 31, 1943 in Bloomington to Paul and Leona Carr Beutow. She married Norman Phillips on November 11, 1965 in Bloomington. He survives. She is also survived by one daughter Debbie (Bruce) Mitchell of Bloomington, two brothers, Robert (Barb) Beutow of Devils Lake, ND and Franklin (Susie) Beutow of Bloomington, two grandchildren, Bruce (Britta) Mitchell II and Christopher (Jenai) Mitchell, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. She attended Bloomington High School. She was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal fan. Before her illness she was an avid bowler. Diane loved garage sales, fishing, having cookouts and especially loved spending time with her family and going to the Riverboat. She was loved by all who knew her. She was a best friend to her husband and daughter. Diane was a very caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Family and friends may gather at the Bloomington Eagles Club after the funeral to celebrate her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Clinton Short Jr.

ClintonShort2 ClintonShort1     Clinton Short Jr, 85, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 4:30pm on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Heritage Health, Normal, IL.
Visitation will be from 4—6pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Services will be on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10am at the memorial home with Rev. Danny McCubbins officiating. Interment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be mailed to American Legion Louis E. Davis Post #56, P.O. Box 3263, Bloomington, IL 61702; or the Alzheimer’s Association 303 North Hershey Road, Bloomington, IL 61704.
Clinton was born on November 20, 1929 in Bloomington, IL the son of Clinton Charles and Lauretta Curtis Short. He married Shirley Martin on May 6, 1951 in Bloomington, IL; she preceded him in death in 1991.
Surviving are his three children, Randy Short, Bloomington, IL; Cindy Hines, Normal, IL; and Scott (Debra) Short, Philo, IL. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
After graduating from University High School in 1947, Clinton went to work for the Grover C. Helm Company in Bloomington, IL until he enlisted in the US Army in January 1951, serving overseas in the Korean Conflict with Charlie Company, 8th Engineers Combat Battalion until his honorable discharge in 1952.
He was the assistant manager for Al Baskins clothing for many years prior to becoming a co-owner of Rose Sporting Goods.
Clinton was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. Baseball is the greatest game he ever played and he enjoyed a great game of Golf as well.
He just received his 65 year pin from the American Legion to celebrate all of his years of dedication and support to the organization. Clinton was a past commander for the Louis E. Davis Post #56, as well as serving in many other crucial roles for the legion, and was a charter member of the post. He helped run the American Legion Baseball youth league as well for many years.
He was a member of the Centennial Christian Church.

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Vivian O. Stockdale

Vivian StockdaleVivian O. Stockdale, 96 of Normal formerly of Sibley passed away on Saturday (May 30, 2015) at 5:20pm at Heartland Health Care, Normal.

Vivian’s service will be held on Thursday (June 4, 2015) at 12noon at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington with Pastor Steve Evans officiating. Following service burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Sibley, IL with military honors conducted by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service at the funeral home. Memorials may be mailed to the American Red Cross Service or to the ISU Mennonite School of Nursing Scholarship Fund. 

Vivian was born on October 1, 1918 in rural Sibley, Illinois the daughter of William H. and Gladys Liddle Stockdale. She is preceded by her parents and her brother Lloyd and survived by a number of cousins.

Vivian enlisted into the Navy WAVES in 1944. After 4 years active duty during after WWII in the San Francisco Bay Area, she attended Santa Rosa Junior College, California. In 1950 she was recalled back to duty in the WAVES for 18 months during the Korean Conflict. Service was at the US Naval Hospital in Oakland. At discharge she was a Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer 2nd Class.

 In 1953 she returned to Bloomington and worked at Ralston Purina Co. Accounting Dept. She retired in 1983 after 30 years. Upon retirement she enjoyed bowling and started volunteering for the American Red Cross blood drives for twenty five years. Vivian was a life member of the Amvets Post 270 where she had been a member since 1953 and served as adjutant in 1985-86 and commander in 1986-87. She also held the office of financial affairs at one time. She was also a life member of the American Legion Post 56.

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Vernie L. Griffin

VernieGriffinWith her family around her, Vernie L. Griffin, 83, of Shirley passed away peacefully on Saturday May 23, 2015 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.  She now resides with the Lord along with her husband Russell, her son Charles, her twin sister Bernie, and her parents Rosco and Eva Barrett.  She is also preceded in death by her brother Jewell, her sisters Dee, Esther, Martha Marnell, Mary Lee and Rena and her sonin-laws Robert Allen and Jay Sartors.

 There will be a funeral service for Vernie on Friday June 12, 2015 at 11AM at Beck Memorial Home.  Reverend Linda Benner will officiate.  There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the Memorial Home.  Interment will be in Hudson Township Cemetery in Hudson.

 Vernie was born on January 29, 1932 in McHenry, Kentucky to Rosco and Evalyn Fulton Barrett.  She married Russell Griffin on January 25, 1948 in Bloomington.  He preceded her in death on April 10, 2009 in Bloomington.  She is survived by her sister Maedell Bratcher of Normal, her son Michael Griffin of Normal, her two daughters, Evalyn Allen of Webster, New York, Deborah (Lewis) Hilke of Bloomington, her eleven grandchildren, Kevin, Kelly, Brian, Marie, Michael, Adam, Tasha, Bridget, Kristine, Kortney, ten great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Besides her family she enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, puzzles, crocheting, and collecting Depression glass.  Vernie was also very active in her church and served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Choir director and Soloist.  She was employed at Sono-Mag Corporation and retired after 35 years.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.  If love could have kept her here, she would have been here forever.

 Memorial Contributions may be made to a Charity of the Donor’s Choice.

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Imogean Phelps

Imogean PhelpsImogean Phelps, 90, of Stanford died at 12:05 AM on Wednesday June 3, 2015 at Advocate Bromenn in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Imogean at 3:30 PM Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Liberty Baptist Church in Minier. Pastor John Horner and Pastor Richard Springsteen will officiate. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in McLean Cemetery in McLean.

Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Imogean was born on September 25, 1924 in Lipan, Texas to David Crockett and Mamie Winslett Tiner. She married Calvin N. Phelps on December 24, 1946 in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1995 in Bloomington.

She is survived by two sons, David M. Phelps of Stanford and Zaniel (Kim) Phelps of Quincy and one sister Frances Bacia of Hollywood, FL. She was also preceded in death by one brother Dewitt and one sister Christine.

In her early years she worked at Consolidated Aircraft in Fort Worth, Texas as a riveter and also did wiring. After she married she stayed home to raise her children. She was a member of Northwest Baptist Church in Peoria and attended Liberty Baptist Church in Minier. She was also a member of Order of Eastern Star in Texas. She loved being outdoors gardening and working in her flower beds and enjoyed being a homemaker.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Northwest Baptist Church in Peoria or Liberty Baptist Church in Minier.

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Betty Jeanne McClelland

betty mcclellandBetty Jeanne McClelland, 93, of Bloomington passed away at 2:02 AM on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at Heritage Health in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Betty on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 1 PM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Reverend Tiffani Black will officiate. There will be a visitation two hours prior to the service at the Memorial Home. Entombment will take place at Park Hill Mausoleum in Bloomington. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the West Olive United Methodist Church in Bloomington, IL.

Betty was born August 20, 1921 in Bloomington to Clovis Henry and Lucille Herman McNutt. She married William C. Tinervin in November 19, 1943 in New Orleans, LA. She later married William L. McClelland on August 10, 1978 in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1994. She was also preceded in death by one brother James McNutt.

Betty is survived by her children, Jill (Jay) Nickel of Bloomington, Jeffrey (Madalyn) Tinervin of Bloomington and Harv (Karen) McClelland of East Peoria, six grandchildren, Bryan (Lindsey) Nickel, Reid Nickel, Betsy Tinervin, Alexis (Austin) Tinervin-Curtis, Jennifer (Corey) Biggs and Lindsay (Jon) Eichorst and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was a professional dancer who traveled the United States and danced for the troops during World War II. She also worked in the shipyards in Oakland during the war. She was a very active member of West Olive United Methodist Church in Bloomington. She retired in 1993 from State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington at the age of 70 after twenty years of service. She worked in Group Life Administration. Betty loved Christmas and no one spent the time and effort to wrap Christmas presents like her. They were perfect and often personalized for the person receiving it.

The family members wish to thank the kind staff at Heritage Health of Normal-Legacy Care Unit. Betty viewed all of them as part of her family during her last five years.

She will be remembered as a Mother, Grandmother, and great Grandmother who always put her family before herself. She was exceptionally generous with her money, her time and her love. She was missed the moment she left us.

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James K. Smith

JamesK.SmithJames K. Smith 70, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 2:04am at his residence on May 4, 2015 with his family by his side.

Private family services will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

James was born on August 2, 1944, the son of Kenneth C. and Lucille M. Garling Smith. He married Kathleen McLaughlin on July 9, 1977 in Bloomington, IL; she survives.

Also surviving are his children, Trent (Cheryl) Shull, Lake of the Ozark, MO; Tony (Elizabeth) Smith, Bloomington, IL; Jeffrey McLaughlin, Indiana; and, Amanda (John) Lanier, Bloomington, IL. Chris M. Smith and nine additional grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, infant son, Troy Smith, and his brother, Daniel Smith.

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William E. “Bill” Smith

WilliamSmithWilliam E. “Bill” Smith, 65, of Bloomington, passed away at 5:34 p.m. Friday (May 1, 2015) at his residence surrounded by his loving wife of 44 years and his children.

Bill was born June 27, 1949, in Bloomington, the son of Loren L. and Bette E. Smith. He married Deborah E. Weld on Dec. 14, 1970. She survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Lori Hoffman, Bloomington; two children, Jamie M. Smith, Bloomington, and Carrie L. (Darrin) Leverson, Atlanta; nine grandchildren, Nicolas Baize, Kayleigh Smith, Abbigail Smith, Tristan Hardy and Jared Leverson, all of Bloomington; Attleigh Leverson, Jason Leverson and Kaelyn Leverson, all of Atlanta; and Kelsey (Scott) Pratt, Clarksville, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Karlee and Tanner Pratt, Clarksville, Tenn., and Teagan and Paisleigh Leverson, Atlanta; sister-in-law, Peggy L. Smith, Bloomington; two nieces, Tiffany Smith, Bloomington, and Kristin Smith, Peoria; and one great-niece, Sydny Smith, Bloomington.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Loren E. Smith and Sidney D. Smith; and one nephew.

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1971. He was a Vietnam War veteran. Later he worked for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and Bloomington Offset Printing Inc.

Bill was a member of the American Hungarian Family Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and a 33rd-degree Mason. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing and listening to old music. He loved watching football and cheering for the Chicago Bears. He also loved spending time with his neighborhood buddies. And he especially enjoyed a special bond with his “brother,” Clayton James. But his ultimate joy was his family and grandchildren.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Steve Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. The Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor guard will conduct military rites.  A celebration of life reception will immediately follow the service at the American Hungarian Family Society.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials to Transitions Hospice, American Hungarian Family Society or Wounded Warrior Project. Memorials may be mailed to Deborah E. Smith, 1006 N. Morris Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701.

Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The twinkle in his eye and his infectious smile will be missed.

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Mildred Leone “Mickey” Lawson

MildredLawsonMildred Leone “Mickey” Lawson, 86, of Normal, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Sunday (April 26, 2015) at Heritage Health, Normal.

Her funeral will be at noon Friday, May 1, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Clark Killingsworth will officiate. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 1, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The family suggests memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Research. Please mail your memorials to her daughter, Denise Martin, 406 E. Walnut St., Lexington, IL 61753.

Mickey was born Jan. 31, 1929, in Normal, the daughter of Lloyd P. and Mildred P. Motter Biddle.

Surviving are five children, Stephanie (Rich) Ulbrich, Florida; Bob (Kathie) Swibaker, Normal; Stacy (James) Gates, Delaware; Nancy (Emerson) Bailey, Minonk; and Denise (Rodney) Martin, Lexington; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Bob, Gayln and Owen Biddle.

She is preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Bud, Wayne, Cecil, Bruce Lynn and Roger Max; and five sisters, Juanita, Laverne, Lorraine, Virginia and Elaine.

Mickey was a beautician and owned and operated her shop for more than 30 years. She owned and operated a resort on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Mickey enjoyed bowling, playing cards and traveling. She had made it to 49 states.

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Edwin John “Ed” Linenweber

ed linenweberEdwin John “Ed” Linenweber, 100, of Bloomington, formerly of Washington, died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 22, 2015) in Boulder, Colo., where he had been living the past few weeks near his daughter.

There will be a funeral for Ed at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.

Ed was born April 14, 1915, in Bloomington, to John Franklin and Cora Mae Hanks Linenweber. He married Mary Isabel Anderson on Nov. 20, 1941, in Bloomington. She preceded him in death in July 2002. He was also preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (Jim) Landes, Los Gotas, Calif., and Vicki Bain, Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren, Dawn (Michael Simmons) Landes, Brett (Jennifer) Landes, Jeffrey (Jeanie Schlafly) Bain and Amy (Michael) Hall; and one great-granddaughter, Nina Hall.

Ed worked 38 years for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in East Peoria as a claims technician. He retired in 1978. He was an avid golfer and loved sports. Ed and his wife were very active in the Methodist church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school, among other things.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Ustoppable Nina Hall Family Research Fund at www.umdf.org/ninahall. Ed’s great-granddaughter was born with mitochondrial disease.

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